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John Bowlin
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I have heard that playing your music thru an Ipod is somewhat lesser sound quality than directly off a CD. If trhis is true, is the sound degradation worth being concerned about or is it more than worth in convenience?
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The iPod uses Apple LOSSLESS which is exactly what is sounds like.
What you may have "heard" applies to other portable players that have a degree of loss like a standard MP3 or Minidisc. The iPod running the lossless compression or using iTunes to burn CDs using the Lossless method is the only way to go.

In other words
iPod Lossless= Manufactured bought or purchased downloaded CDs

When you refer to using a CD in a show it is likely that you are not using purchased CDs and changing them for each track. I assume that you are referring to buring your own selection of tracks for different routines in your performance. If you use the standard MP3 way to burn those CDs it will be inferior in sound to using the iPod as mentioned. You may however burn a CD using Apple Lossless. That would compare to using an iPod. So to answer your question...quite the opposite: A Burned MP3 CD does not equal the audiophine quality of a lossless iPod.

The interesting thing is that high end golden ear audiophile systems are starting to make models for the lossless iPod. No one ever saw that coming.
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You could use WAV format and it would be just as good as a purchased CD.
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Michael is correct that by no means is the iPod the only high quality lossless format.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apple_Lossless

One of the most famous prior to Apple's is called FLAC.
A CD burned with WAVpack is also the quality, as Michael says.

I was specifically addressing a myth as asked on the main question of this thread. People tend to clump all portable music players (usually Mp3) with the iPod. John said he "heard" that the iPod is lesser quality which is NOT true under lossless.
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Most will not be able to tell the difference between an original CD and any digital format that's played back on an iPod or other digital player.

The iPod supports many formats, including WAV and AIFF, which are uncompressed formats, and will sound identical to the original CD, rgardless of the sound system you use.

Other "lossy" formats, such as MP3 or AAC sound quite good, and sound better at higher compression rates. Virtually nobody can tell the difference between a high-quality MP3 or AAC or the original CD, especially through cheap headphones or computer speakers. Nicer sound systems will show off more of a difference.

Long story short, if you want great quality on your iPod to use in your show and sound just like the CD, use WAV, AIFF or Apple Lossless format on your iPod, and you'll be all set.

Kevin
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Thank you all, question well answered. Looks like ipod will be my next shellout. Guess I'll give the airclick a try with it and see if I can get going cheaply.
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